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Following last year’s original release, Congorock and Stereo Massive’s collaborative single with Sean Paul, ‘Bless Di Nation,’ returns to Ultra Music for round two with a six-piece remix package headlined by Clockwork and Firebeatz.

With little of Sean Paul’s vocals intact aside from the occasional chant, Clockwork takes the lead with a thorough dose of persistent misshapen chord play. In a turn for slightly more familiar terrains of Dance music, Dutch duo Firebeatz mix acid-esque drops and euphoric synths for their overdue return to remix duties.

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With a wealth of positivity surrounding the Dance music industry’s universal union, American tunemonger Wolfgang Gartner returns to aid newfound Mau5trap protégé Tom Staar’s inauguration to Ultra Music with a new original production called ‘Evil Lurks’.

Pitching conciously cacophonic and fidgety synth play alongside Gartner’s signature wobbles, ‘Evil Lurks’ unites old school spirit and new school edge for a surprisingly melodic collaborative effort from two of the globe’s most intriguing producers of late.

Out December 3rd.

San Francisco may not be the home of America’s Disco heritage, but since successively teaming up with Viceroy to bring us ‘Only Takes‘, WhiteNoize are proving closer to building the bridge than the majority of their peers. But making their Ultra Music debut, the duo takes on remix duties for Inner Life’s adaption of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ for the first in a series of five official remixes of House classics from Salsoul’s back catalogue.

Transitioning from a sleek flare of eccentric beats and sample work, the WhiteNoize remix of ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ ascends into an all-out affair of funky strings and infectious bass grooves, marking an essential throwback to the vintage day of American Disco with a 21st century House twist.

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Within a year that has balanced visionary movements with blatant mediocrity for global Dance music, Italy born Bloody Beetroots has strongly circled the prior. Now upping the ante for his second single of the year, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo is joined by UK songstress Greta Svabo Bech, best known for her works on Deadmau5’s ‘Raise Your Weapon’ and Gemini’s ‘Fire Inside’, for the Pete Tong-premiered ‘Chronicles Of A Fallen Love’. Uniting his stamp of melodic authenticity with the beautiful vocal stylings of Svabo Bech, the emotive yet well-rounded energy of ‘Chronicles Of A Fallen Love’ makes for a track that is as eclectic in sound as it is rich in quality.

Out October 23rd on Ultra Music.

De La Soul once suggested that three was the magic number, and as the trend of triple-threat collaborations continues to engulf 2012, Milan duo Pink Is Punk are joined by hometown Dance veteran Benny Benassi to extend this infinite wisdom with long-awaited single ‘Perfect Storm’ for Ultra Music.

While the title may hint at a flawless assembling of intricate instrumental work, fact is that the track is made up of clear cut sounds throughout. From its crescendo of bright synths to its apex of wobbles, ‘Perfect Storm’ may not play out aptly to its title but sees the Milan trio respond to the extensive attention of global Dance music with a quality release just in time for ADE.

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De La Soul once suggested that three was the magic number, and as the trend of triple-threat collaborations continues to engulf 2012, Milan duo Pink Is Punk are joined by hometown Dance veteran Benny Benassi to extend this infinite wisdom with long-awaited single ‘Perfect Storm’ for Ultra Music.

While the title may hint at a flawless assembling of intricate instrumental work, fact is that the track is made up of clear cut sounds throughout. From it’s crescendo of bright synth lines to it’s apex of wobbles, ‘Perfect Storm’ may not play out aptly to it’s title but sees the Milan trio respond to the extensive attention of global Dance music with a quality release just in time for ADE.

Out October 16.

As far as whacky Electro House is concerned, Dada Life could hardly be rivalled on today’s bill. But with their latest single still sitting comfortably in Beatport’s top 10, the Swedish Dada Land ambassadors and masters of the fuzz follow up ‘Feed The Dada’ with the long-anticipated release of their remix of Kaskade’s ‘Llove’.

Taking an unexpected turn from their grinding signature sound, the duo ditch Kaskade’s piano-laden instrumental for a mixture of fist-pumping highs and soothing lows. Packing a vital punch of thick drums and jangling overtones, Olle and Stefan match the divine voice of Haley with heavy-stepping beat work and invigorating energy throughout.

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Grammy-nominated American Joseph Youngman, professionally known as Wolfgang Gartner, returns to the forefront to release his second EP of the year. In spite of the couple of digressions indicating that 2012 is the year Youngman shakes things up, the aftermath of his ‘Casual Encounters Of The 3rd Kind‘ EP sees the Electro House monger return to his forward-facing, heavyset signature sound to present a mixture of haunting lead play and intricate builds.

As strong an indicator of the true potential of modern Dance music as it is the quality of music currently on offer, the ‘Love & War’ EP sets the tone ahead of his 21-stop tour across the US with the same name while acting as something of a nod to the mixed enthusiasm surrounding the current state of the genre.

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Merely four months after it’s the release of Adrian Lux’s self-entitled debut artist album for Ultra Records, August sees Lux bring aboard talent from both sides of the Atlantic for the return of the twelve-track album in a remixed and extended form.

The revival of numerous remixes of Adrian Lux’s back catalogue aside, Sweden’s Bauer & Lanford take the headline spot as the more restrained canvas of ‘Weekend Heroes’ is given a euphoric turn to the festival proof energy that 21st century Dance music now demands. Building further on the definitive lead play and atmospheric energy of the aforementioned duo, Ken Loi replaces the vintage instrumental work of Adrian Lux’s ‘Angels’ with stadium-esque synths and chugging bass lines before rounding things off with an acid-esque Franz Novotny remix of ‘Silence’ and the sought-after extended version of Lux and Lune’s minimalistic take on ‘Leave The World Behind’.

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Adrian Lux – Weekend Heroes (Bauer & Lanford Remix):

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Adrian Lux – Angels (Ken Loi Remix):

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Adrian Lux feat. Lune – Leave The World Behind (Extended Mix):

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On the back of his ongoing relationship with Mau5trap and such mixed landmark releases as ‘Build Up’ and ‘I Saw This Before‘, Chris Lake’s third single from his forthcoming album sees him unite with Canadian Electro-stomper Lazy Rich for another trophy for the British heavyweight.

Building on the discordant yet infectious vocal line provided by Jareth, Lake & Rich embark on a solid outing of eclectic transition and definitive force from the first note. Leaping from subtle bass surges to pulsing low-end drops, the precision and energy to which this double-team work towards is a promising mark on both respective producers and their impending legacies across the globe.

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Words by Dan Carter

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